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Germany: Feed-in Tariff Changes May Benefit Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 22, 2014
Whereas Germany’s total collector sales are dropping, solar thermal companies see a glimmer of hope for big projects because of changed feed-in tariffs in the renewable electricity sector. So far, the cogeneration of heat and power has been the strongest competitor of large-scale solar heat for district heating and industrial projects. Because cogeneration had been a very attractive solution in terms of electricity prices, even a subsidy recovering all costs of a solar thermal investment wouldn’t have tipped the scales in favour of solar heat, a study by Fichtner stated in autumn of 2013. Now, however, cogeneration is starting to lose ground. 

Italy: Choice between Three Different Incentives

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2013

At the beginning of August, Decree No. 63 of 2013 was turned into Law No. 90 of 2013. This new law implements Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings, making changes to the Legislative Decree No. 192/2005 which had replaced the previous directive on energy building performance (2002/91/EC). Attached you will find the text of the new law with terms in brackets and bold, which outline the changes introduced by the parliament to Decree No. 63.

UK: Domestic RHI Tariff Applies to Installations After 15 July 2009

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 5, 2013

In July 2013 the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the tariff rates for the long-awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Government’s press release at 12 July 2013 promises that the solar thermal tariff will be set at ‘at least 19.2 Pound Stirling pence (p)/kWh’. This compares with 7.3 p/kWh for air source heat pumps, 12.2 p/kWh for biomass boilers and 18.8 p/kWh for ground source heat pumps.

Italy: Round-table on Ways Out of Crisis

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2012

 Apartments in Soravia” On 28 June, Italy’s solar thermal association, Assolterm, organised a round-table discussion under the title "How will the solar thermal market look like in 2030? Action Plan, burden sharing and incentive mechanisms". Among the attendees were representatives of ministries, associations and research institutes. The debate, moderated by Maurizio Melis, journalist of Radio 24, focused on all the key issues of the Italian solar thermal market. Assolterm initiated the panel discussion in order to analyse the significant decline of the market in 2011. It reached only 273 MWth of newly installed capacity (390,000 m2) – a minus of 20 %.
Photo: Assolterm

Great Britain: Insolvency of Collector Manufacturer after the PV Crash

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2012

 Filsol Website ” Solar thermal companies in the UK are going through a difficult period, with some well-known solar thermal system providers no longer trading. One such company has been Filsol Ltd., a collector manufacturer founded in 1981. spoke with John Blower, who was the Managing Director of Filsol Limited but is now Managing Director of Mint Renewables. Blower was also a previous chairman of the UK Solar Trade Association (STA). The text above shows up on the former Filsol website pointing out that Tomorrow´s Energy bought some of the Filsol´s assets.

Italy: Negotiations with New Government

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 23, 2012

The renewable energy sector in Italy has formed a strong alliance to defend its interests under the new government of Mario Monti, Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance. The “Convention of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” (Stati generali delle rinnovabili e dell’efficienza energetica) held its second meeting in Rome on 18 April. The around 20 associations which attended the meeting critically analysed the different circulating drafts of renewable energy decrees. “This is an important initiative. For the first time, all renewable energy associations have decided to work together in order to defend the interests of the whole sector,” Valeria Verga, Secretary General of the Italian solar thermal association Assolterm, states.

CSP Feed-in Tariffs Guide (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 12, 2012

Written to support CSP Today’s 2011 concentrated solar power (CSP) event in Seville, this report provides an overview of the regulatory incentives schemes that exist to support the concentrated solar thermal industry around the world. It summarises the incentives and targets for CSP in nine countries: USA, South Africa, India, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Portugal. For each, the feed-in tariffs, tax credits, or subsidies are specified and explained by different industry experts.

Author: CSP Today

Year: 2011

Sonnenkraft: “We Have a Responsibility to Innovate and Develop Solar Energy”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2012

 Magnus Wallin (left) and Torben Sørensen With the expansion to the United Kingdom and Switzerland, Sonnenkraft’s network of sales offices now spans across nine countries. When adding the company’s partnerships in other markets, the manufacturer is among the solar thermal businesses with the most extensive market coverage across Europe. spoke to Magnus Wallin (left), who has been Director of new and emerging markets in Sonnenkraft since 2008, and Torben Sørensen (right), CEO of SolarCAP since 2010 (the Danish holding company of Sonnenkraft – among other companies) who came from a position as CEO of Faber and Benthin Group (subsidiaries of VKR Holding), about the market potential in different European countries and the company’s future growth strategy.
Photos: Sonnenkraft

Spain: Governmental Decree Stops Electricity Feed-in Tariff

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 17, 2012

At the beginning of 2012, the new Spanish government showed its aversion to renewable energies very clearly. In Royal Decree Law 1/2012 (PDF attached) from 27 January 2012, the government announced the complete suspension of all feed-in tariffs for renewable electricity, whether the energy is produced by cogeneration, waste, photovoltaics or concentrated solar power. However, the government assured that the new legislation does not affect systems that have already been in place or have already been approved for the feed-in tariff.

Netherlands: Feed-in Tariff Might Help Cope with Duurzame Warmte Stop

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 19, 2012

 Newly Installed Solar Thermal Capacity in the NetherlandsLast year’s sudden stop of the incentive programme Duurzame Warmte resulted in a drawback for the Dutch solar thermal industry. Still, Arthur de Vries from Holland Solar is convinced that 2012 and 2013 will be different: Probably even within the first quarter of this year, the Netherlands is going to have its own feed-in-tariff for renewable heat. Energy performance of new and existing buildings will be tested under stricter requirements and several provinces have launched their own incentive programme. The figure shows the annual installed solar thermal capacity in the Netherlands. It has increased significantly since the start of the Duurzame Warmte programme in September 2008.
Figure: ESTIF


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